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Matching Skills and Labour Market Needs: Building Social Partnerships for Better Skills and Better Jobs

A diverse set of long-term policies and priorities are needed across different countries in the fight against skills mismatch. In developing and emerging countries, continued investment in basic skills is a prerequisite for tackling widespread underqualification and skill shortages inhibiting economic development, whereas in advanced economies, the improvement of the quality and responsiveness of education and training provision is paramount.

Lions Go Digital: The Internet’s Transformative Potential in Africa

This report examines the progress and potential of the Internet in 14 economies that together make up 90 percent of Africa’s GDP. In addition to measuring the size of their current Internet economies, it evaluates the strength of five fundamental pillars of Internet readiness: national ICT strategy, infrastructure, business environment, access to financial capital, and the development of ICT related human capital.

Measuring informality: A Statistical Manual on the Informal Sector and Informal Employment

This manual has been prepared with two primary objectives. The first objective is to assist countries planning to produce statistics on the informal sector and informal employment to undertake a review and analysis of their options. The second objective is to provide practical guidance on the technical issues involved in the development and administration of the surveys used to collect the relevant information, as well as in the compilation, tabulation and dissemination of the resulting statistics.

Children Understanding the World through Play

Play is the answer to the question, how does anything new ever come about?

Play serves many purposes in a child's development, and, as Jean Piaget suggests, invention is one of them. Play helps children figure out the physical and social worlds, as well as how to express and manage their feelings. This report examines how children learn and develop through play and considers the ways children of different ages play. Finally, the report considers play in relation to the individual, classrooms, and the larger society. 

Learning to Trust: Examining the Connections between Trust and Capabilities Friendly Pedagogy through Case Studies from Honduras and Uganda

Abstract | Trust in others is a foundational feature of a prosperous and flourishing society and serves as the basis for collective action and cooperation. In this paper, we emphasize that trust is a learned capacity, one that educational efforts should attempt to cultivate among students. We provide an in-depth discussion of how trust is conceptualized, as well as how it relates to the capabilities approach in education.

USAID Checklist for Conflict Sensitivity in Education Programs

One core principle for good international engagement in fragile and conflict-affected states is to ensure all assistance is “conflict sensitive.” This principle has been endorsed by USAID and the international community. It is based upon the recognition that all foreign assistance—education programs included—interacts with conflict dynamics in some way, whether positively or negatively, intentionally or unintentionally.

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